Wayne Walker reports.

President of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association, JMEA, Richard Pandohie, says the over-reliance of the government on the service sector will not repair the economic damage caused by COVID-19.

Speaking at the JMEA’s Annual General Meeting this morning, Mr. Pandohie says the association had to implement strategies to accommodate members of the middle class.

He pointed out that the productive sector plays a vital role in the reconstruction of the economy.

Mr. Pandohie says the government should not pressure the Tourism or BPO sector to change the economic situation of the country.

He added that it should be a collective effort from all sectors.

Mr. Pandohie says it’s unacceptable that after the first month of the prevailing pandemic, most of the population is dependent on WE-CARE packages to survive.

He added that the government should focus on improving the standard of living of the population to allow more people to become middle class earners.